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    Trouble Seeing Plot Sheets in Mac Version

    Actually--never mind. I looked on the Mac app store and realized that I was running a slightly older version (by a few point releases) than the most current version. I updated to the latest version and I can now click on the plot sheet and view all of the same detail. I figured it was user error somewhere Joel
  2. First of all, I'll start off by saying that I'm sure this is user error as I haven't used Storyist for a few years and seem to be facing some learning curve hurdles after so much time away... My issue is that I've created plot sheets in the iOS version that are fully viewable on both my iPad and iPhone, but I can't seem to open them to view the same level of detail in the Mac version (I can see the summary, but not the detailed notes). I've resynched everything and have confirmed that I'm working with the exact same version of the file. But, for some reason I just can't figure out how to view the same content on the Mac version (despite double-clicking, changing the views, etc.) I've attached a few screen shots that hopefully will illustrate what I'm talking about. Again, I'm pretty sure that this is just me being away from the UI for so long, but any advice would be appreciated. Thanks! Joel
  3. I was shocked that Storyist wasn't mentioned in an article on Cult of Mac about the best software (Mac and/or iOS) for NaNoWriMo! I added a comment pointing out the glaring omission http://www.cultofmac.com/197893/nanowrimo-apps/#vanilla-comments Joel
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    Storyist in Mountain Lion?

    Thanks--as usual, everything works great! For those who are contemplating a move from Lion to Mountain Lion, I'll say that I found the upgrade process to be pretty painless. The process went much smoother than when I upgraded to Lion.
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    Storyist in Mountain Lion?

    Thanks, Steve...I'll wait for Storyist 2.4.1 before installing Mountain Lion. (I have a feeling Apple's Mac App Store is going to overtaxed tonight anyway )
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    Storyist in Mountain Lion?

    Before I rush home to download and install the new Mac OS tonight I just wanted to make sure there were no compatibility issues with Storyist (I'm using v2.4). Storyist is the one application I always check will work before upgrading my OS Thanks! Joel
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    export to word for mac 2011

    Dennis-- I export my manuscript out of Storyist as an RTF file, then open it in Word 2011. I set up styles in Word which match my ones in Storyist (naming them the same to avoid confusion). The integrity of the RTF imported into Word is pretty good, but oddly I find that an RTF imported into Adobe InDesign does a much better job of maintaining the formatting of my original Storyist project. By and large, I try to avoid bringing the files into Word, but unfortunately a Word doc is required when publishing with SmashWords. Joel
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    Self publishing Sites that work with Storyist?

    Hi Amie-- to follow-up Steve's post, I can fill you in on some of my experiences with self-publishing with using Storyist as the authoring tool. (Although, I always try to make myself use the term "indie publishing" ) My last book ("eBook Publication for Training") I published to the Kindle store directly from within Storyist. It was amazingly easy. (There's a screencast on the Storyist home page that walks you through the process). I also published to the Nook store (using the B&N PubIt service) and Google Books using the ePub I generated out of Storyist. (That's not quite as integrated as the Storyist->Kindle workflow, but it's as simple as generating the ePub then uploading it to those sites.) Smashwords is a completely different animal, unfortunately. They run your book through their conversion engine (which they call the "meat grinder") which converts it to several different formats. However, they require that you start with a Word .doc file (not even a .docx--a .doc!), and you have to strip out all of the formatting, etc. (They have a free, very detailed style guide which tells you everything that they're expecting from your Word DOC). So, I usually export my finished manuscript out of Storyist as an RTF, open the RTF in Word, then spend several hours "dumbing it down" to what the Meat Grinder will accept. It's not a pretty (or fun) process, but considering the reach of the Smashwords premium catalog aggregator distribution (iBooks, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, etc.) their distribution pipeline is too valuable not to put the effort into it. For print books I use CreateSpace (owned by Amazon) and have been really happy with their quality. (Although, I may also try Lighting Source with my next title). For print versions I export an RTF of my manuscript from Storyist, then do the layout and final PDF generation in Adobe InDesign. (I do all my own layout, then just turn over a complete ready-to-print PDF to CreateSpace). I find this also to be a pretty simple process, and usually only takes a few hours (if that) to finalize the layout design in InDesign. (The manuscript from the Storyist RTF comes in beautifully to InDesign, retaining all style info, etc..) The one important lesson I learned from my first book was NOT to leave Storyist until the manuscript is COMPLETELY finished, so that your manuscript in Storyist is actually your "master" copy of the content. I'm sure others have their own variations of workflow that they can share, but now on my third book I've settled in to what works for me. (And, to be honest, the only part I find painful is Smashword's requirement to bring them a Word DOC...the rest of the process is very smooth.) Best of luck with your project! Joel
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    Really Happy!

    Of course! (I was planning on doing that anyway ) Posted a few minutes ago...it should show up in the app store soon.
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    Really Happy!

    I bought & downloaded Storyist for iPad within 5 min of Steve posting the announcement on FaceBook Granted, I've just started playing with it (obviously), but I'm really impressed so far. I'm particularly impressed with the DropBox synching between the iPad and Mac versions. I've used a lot of iPad apps, but I can honestly say that Storyist seems to have the best "round trip" experience between the desktop/laptop version and the tablet version of any software package I've seen so far. I'm also pretty impressed with how all the organizational elements (index cards, story sheets, character sheets, etc.) were integrated into the iPad version, yet still keeping the UI so clean. (Prior to seeing the app, I could not figure out how you were going to do this--the "folder" metaphor works perfectly) I also think the price point is perfect. $9.99 reflects the value of the app, yet still keeps it very affordable. So, congrats to Steve, his team, & all the beta testers for the hard work in getting this out! I do have one HUGE concern though...it's going to be really hard to fight the urge to start working on my novel while at work now
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    Issues with Software / Help

    I think Orren's comparison of a Storyist project to a Final Cut project is very apt, and one I had never considered. (I wish I would have read your post when I was first learning Storyist...it's a good model for newbies to understand the operating paradigm.) I too struggled with Storyist when I first began using it, but I really think it's because I was expecting it to act like a word processor, when it's really so much more. I think the user guide does a great job of describing all the features, but I had a hard time putting all of the functionality into a "big picture" perspective to really understand how to best use the software. I don't think I really learned to use it to my advantage until my second major project...then it all sort of clicked. Now I use Storyist for things that I never thought I would (like a project I wrote for work...) I would also imagine that if you polled 100 Storyist users you'd find that we all use the application in slightly different ways, but we've all found workflows that work for us. (For instance, I never use the plot point cards or notebook entries...I use Evernote for that...but I do use the character cards.). I guess that's the beauty of a big, flexible system...but, of course, it makes the learning curve a bit tougher to find just what elements work for you.
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    Storyist in OS "Lion"?

    Thanks, Brian--that's good to know. There's nothing to hold me back from installing Lion on day #1 :-). I realize this isn't a Mac support forum, but what do you think of Lion since you've been actively using it?
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    Storyist in OS "Lion"?

    Thanks for the info, Steve--I should have known you'd be on top of it
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    Storyist in OS "Lion"?

    I was just wondering if the current version of Storyist had been tested to work in Mac OS Lion? From the moves that Apple is making over the past few days it looks as though Lion is primed to hit the App Store for download in the very near future. However, before I made the upgrade I wanted to check to make sure that Storyist would work in Lion. I checked the wiki that's keeping track of Lion compatibility (http://roaringapps.com/) but Storyist wasn't listed. (Although, Scrivener was and it was indicated as having "problems" in Lion.) Thanks! Joel
  15. I'm planning on upgrading my old 4 year-old Macbook to one of the new, shiny (and FAST) Macbook Pros over the next few weeks. However, before that I want to make sure I understand what I need to do to successfully move Storyist to my new machine. I just need to: 1) Download the latest version of Storyist from the website; 2) Install it on the new Macbook. 3) Copy over my existing license file (it's pre-2.1) to /Library/Application Support/Storyist to the new machine. 4) Launch Storyist & everything should work fine Is my understanding of what I need to do correct? Thanks!
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